Ocean BMW Melges 24 Europeans

Fiona Brown looks ahead to next week's championship

Wednesday September 14th 2005, Author: Fiona Brown, Location: United Kingdom
The Ocean BMW Melges 24 European Championship gets underway in Torquay, England this weekend with 52 teams from 11 nations competing. Heading up the list of favourites are Giovanni Maspero's reigning European Championship crew aboard Joe Fly, helmed for this event by Gabrio Zandona.

Even before the regatta begins the Italian Joe Fly team brought drama to the event when their boat and its tow vehicle were run over and written off on the way to Torquay by a sleeping truck driver. Fortunately boat captain Federico Michetti, who was changing a flat tyre on the hard shoulder at the time, escaped without injury and the team has subsequent been able to secure use of another boat with which to defend their title.

Among those determined to unseat Joe Fly from the top step of the podium is reigning World Champion Sebastian Col and the Partner & Partners team. Col, who is taking time out from his America's Cup commitments with K-Challenge to compete, will fly into Torquay direct from the ISAF Match Racing Championship in Spain. Others equally keen to get their hands on the European trophy include Britain's Stuart Rix, helming for Quentin Strauss's Team Gill (reigning UK National Champion), Remy Arnaud of France aboard Dyneema/Liros (reigning French National Champion), Germany's legendary Alba Batzill (fresh from his recent victory at the 6m Worlds) and local Torquay star John Pollard aboard Xcellent.

In the Corinthian Division, open to fully amateur crews, Kenneth Thelen of Finland and his crew aboard Suunto will be hoping to add a second Corinthian European title to their trophy cabinet which also incudes three Corinthian World titles and an amazing ten overall National Championship titles.

The Royal Torbay Yacht Club is the home of the UK Melges 24 fleet and also hosted the first ever Melges 24 World Championship back in 1998. Racing for the Ocean BMW Melges 24 European Championship 2005 gets underway on Monday 19th September and concludes on Friday 23rd September with 12 races scheduled. The event is sponsored by Title Sponsor Ocean BMW, Gold Sponsor WKD Original Vodka Blue, and Silver Sponsors Devoti Sailing, North Sails UK Ltd, Westaway Sails and Musto Ltd.

Boat Helm Owner
Edelweiß Michael Schineis AUT 531 Michael Schineis
SUUNTO Kenneth Thelen FIN-476 Henrik Thelen
Côtes d'Armor BIARNES Vincent FRA 193 CDVH
Côtes d'Armor ALBARET Antoine FRA 261 CDVH
Dunkerque Plaisance JEU Antoine FRA 272 JEU Antoine
Dottore Jigolo Lambert FRA 358 Douchy-Marcadet
Merck Générique Sparfel Jean-Marc FRA 383 Sparfel Jean-Marc
Douarn-Maisons de l'Avenir SAULEAU Vincent FRA 387 SAULEAU Vincent
ZIG ZAG 15 Henri samuel FRA 423 Henri Samuel
Cotes dArmor Sail de mer ROUXEL Thomas FRA 470 CDVH
Mu Emmanuel Nebout FRA 471 Emmanuel Nebout
Gibe Set Anne Gellez FRA 473 Anne Gellez
Partner & Partners Sébastien Col FRA 571 Philippe Ligot
Ali 2 Anne Ashworth GBR 269 Anne Ashworth
Easy Tiger Tim Collins GBR 334 Tim Collins
White Rabbit Simon Henning GBR 340 Simon Henning
Team Turn Turtle Allen Brown GBR 368 Allen Brown
Henri Lloyd Tony Jaffa GBR 377 Tony Jaffa
ENVY Dean Argent GBR 403 Martin Miller
Team Barbarians Jamie Lea GBR 406 Stuart Simpson
Team Gill GBR 431 Quentin Strauss
Wolf Cub Glynn Williams GBR 432 Glynn Williams
Wild Thing David Franks GBR 435 David Franks
OVL Martin Wedge GBR 452 Martin Wedge
Ramshackle Dave Farrimond GBR 453 Steve Williams
Team Panasonic Adrian Peach GBR 477 Adrian Peach
Formula Cars Tim Jones GBR 478 Tim and Steven Jones
Comfortably Numb Andrew Dellow GBR 527 Andrew Dellow
Hooligan Norman Broom GBR 535 Norman Broom
March Hare Mike Henning GBR 535 Simon Henning
Helmut Rises Again Nigel Grogan GBR 546 Nigel Grogan
Team Badger Paul Lovejoy GBR 580 Paul Lovejoy
Xcellent John Pollard GBR 585 John Pollard
Team WKD Joe Woods GBR 611 Joe Woods
No Woman No Cry Alba Batzill GER 582 Eddy Eich
Pioneer Andrea Fornaro ITA 297 Igino Angelini
Altea Andrea Racchelli ITA 438 Andrea Racchelli
Joe Fly Gabrio Zandonà ITA 550 Giovanni Maspero
SOGETI Frickey Antoine MON 601 Benjamin Cohen
Marella V Niuls Nordenstroem NOR 279 Nils Nordenstroem
Dolly Erik Arthur NOR 341 Per Andresen
Party Girl Jens A. Wathne NOR 349 Jens A. Wathne
Boorinslä August Schram SUI 270 August Schram
ZEROTWO / e-brokerline.com Good Michael SUI 382 Good Michael
Music 55 Ruedi Huber SUI 578 Ruedi Huber
PoiZon Rouge MONNARD Jean-Marc SUI 599 MONNARD Jean-Marc
Arctur Vasyl Gureyev UKR 485 TK Credit

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